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Life as an expat in South Africa
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Life as an expat in South Africa
From October 1, 2021, South Africa moved to Alert Level 1 after multiple Covid-19 peaks, and life is slowly getting back to normal. Hannah, an expat from the UK, was lucky enough to relocate to Cape Town in September following her husband's intra-company transfer. She shares her views about expat life in the country she now calls home.
Opinion: Does being an expat mean I'll always be the outsider?
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Opinion: Does being an expat mean I'll ...
Does being an expat mean always being the outsider? Not quite at home in your host country and a little bit of a stranger to your home country. Stephanie discusses how she navigates this identity as a Brit living in Paris.
Please, don't ask me these expat-related questions again
Please, don't ask me these expat-related ...
Expatriation started as a necessity when I was looking to progress with my academic studies of a Master's degree in England. However, it was earlier in my life, when I began travelling for leisure, that I figured out moving countries is a lifestyle I would like to revel in. Since 2007, I have lived and worked in five countries in Europe, Africa, and East Asia, and I am currently preparing for my next expatriation project. I may find it easier to board a plane and start all over again than deciding what to have for dinner, but the journey is not anxiety and sorrow-free. So, if you are interested in how a life away from everything you take for granted is, please don't ask me (or any other like-minded expat for that matter) any of the following questions — here's why.
Moving countries: Why I am more with less
Moving countries: Why I am more with less
I have always been very thoughtful about the things I own, and how I organise them in my space — whether it's the tiny studio in South Korea, the shared-flat in Ghana, or the two-floor house in Mauritius. I love change, and I see moving to a different country as an opportunity to reset my reality and rediscover myself; living abroad helps me look at things with fresh eyes and get rid of preconceptions. Packing is a big part of the whole moving process, and when you have to limit your belongings down to two suitcases, you reconsider the value of possessions. Here's how I learned to put my life on the scale and hit the 23 kg target.

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Could the booster dose become essential for travelling?
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Could the booster dose become essential for ...
With the new pandemic wave worldwide, vaccination against Covid-19 remains a major concern. The booster dose adds to the ongoing debate. States are stepping up their vaccination campaign, with some considering making the booster dose a mandatory entry condition. Others prefer to reserve this third dose for vulnerable categories of people.
What Biden's new immigrant policy means for trailing spouses
What Biden's new immigrant policy means for ...
The United States administration recently settled a new police guidance for spouses of immigrant visa holders, clearing them for work. H1B, E-visa and L-visa holders spouses are allowed to have up to 180 days auto extension on work authorization. 
Europe tightens restrictions amid new Covid wave
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Europe tightens restrictions amid new Covid ...
Who would have thought that Covid-19 would strike back so brutally this year? November 2021 sounds like a sad reminder that the virus is still omnipresent. The recent discovery of the new Omicron variant is shaking the planet. Caught in its 5th wave, Europe is tightening health and sanitary restrictions. 
New restrictions around the world to contain the new Covid-19 surge
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New restrictions around the world to contain ...
Named "Omicron" by the World Health Organization (WHO), the new Covid-19 variant revives the traumas of 2020. According to experts, the 5th wave of the Delta variant, which is likely to be more severe and to last longer than the previous ones, could be even more tragic with Omicron.
A very British Christmas : Expats, get your favourite snacks delivered to you
British Corner Shop
A very British Christmas : Expats, get your ...
There's no doubt Britain makes some of the best quality food and drink products in the world and is famous for some of it's more ‘unique' dishes (think Toad in the Hole, Spotted Dick, Bubble and Squeak). So, it comes as no surprise to find that when Brits move abroad, they struggle to recreate the food cupboard they once relied on back home. That's why British Corner Shop exists – to reunite British expats with all the food and drink they miss from the UK.
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"Zero COVID" in China: a barrier to ...
 Xi Jinping is determined to impose his vision on the world. Economic, political, diplomatic leader, or of the future according to Xi Jinping. Utopia or realistic project? Still cut off from the world with its zero Covid policy, does China still have the means to achieve its ambitions?